The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 16, 2012

PSU within about $1 million of funds necessary for arts center

A little more than $1 million is all that remains to be raised for a $30 million fine and performing arts center to become a reality at Pittsburg State University, the president announced Thursday.

In his annual opening address to faculty and staff, Steve Scott said the university has hit the $29 million mark for pledges and cash in hand for the project. Last year, the university had $12 million.

Fundraising was propelled by the second largest gift in PSU history in March, when the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation made a $5 million gift in honor of H. Lee Scott, the former chief executive officer and president of Wal-Mart. Scott, a PSU graduate, is also the brother of PSU President Steve Scott.

The project took another giant step forward in April when students voted to add $7 million to the coffers through student fees.

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